Letter to the Editor: OSHA failure
August 02, 2019
To the Editor:
I was saddened to read the article “Pukall Lumber cited by OSHA” in the July 30 Lakeland Times. It is very sad and unfortunate that Mr. Drinkman lost his life. But if OSHA was proactive instead of reactive it could have been very different. By adopting a proactive policy OSHA could have visited Pukall before the accident and pointed out the problem areas. Had they done this Mr. Drinkman’s accident probably would not have happened. Instead OSHA’s policy is to react after the fact. This does not prevent, it only punishes. Education is always better than fear of reprisal. But I’m not surprised, after all OSHA is a government agency.